UNNAMED DAD has been accused of raping his 13-year-old daughter, beating her and her two younger brothers, and forcing her to beg/steal to support his drug habit.
Father COACHED daughter to steal
Submitted by pekwan on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Neighbours say girl was beaten up if she was caught while stealing
Teoh El Sen
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 07:31:00
THE tragedy of the abused 13-year-old girl in our report yesterday may be far worse. The girl claims that she was forced by her father, who also raped her, to beg in the streets for money to feed his drug addiction for at least three years. It was revealed yesterday that she may not have been the only abuse victim.
When Malay Mail visited the girl’s former home at the Wangsa Sari PPR flats in Wangsa Maju, family members claimed that her two younger brothers were also subjected to beatings.
“The father would take a wire cable and hit the children repeatedly almost every day,” said a family member, adding that they are seldom allowed to go out.
The teenage girl, who was rescued from school by the Social Welfare Department officers when someone called Talian Nur about her case last Wednesday, has two brothers — aged 10 and eight — as well as a six-month-old baby sister. They remain at the home with the mother. The father, wanted by police, has gone missing.
Worse still, Malay Mail also learnt that the 32-year-old jobless father — who has been in jail for drug offences several times — may have been coaching the teenager to steal during her “begging rounds”.
“She told us how her father showed her how he bumped into somebody to take that person’s wallet,” said a neighbour, who added that the girl would come home in the wee hours of the morning and missed school frequently too.
The neighbour also said: “The father would scold and beat her up if she was caught while stealing. He has even blamed her for something he stole and her photo is up in a departmental store for committing theft.”
Other neighbours also said screams and shouts could be heard frequently, with the girl crying for days before she was rescued.
Kuala Lumpur police CID chief SAC II Datuk Ku Chin Wah said police will investigate if the siblings were also abused.
He said the case has been classified as both rape and forcing a minor to beg.
Court to decide abused girl’s guardian
THE Social Welfare Department will be looking into allegations that a 13-year-old abuse victim and her siblings were also beaten by their father.
"The girl is now safe and being cared for in a welfare home in a location we can't disclose," said Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development Ministry corporate communications head, Alice Suriati Mazlan, speaking on behalf of the Welfare Department.
Alice said the department would naturally include the siblings in their investigations into the case.
"We will prepare a social report which includes details of the case, and interviews with family. This social report will be presented in court to decide her guardian," said Alice, adding that this would usually be the closest relative.
Otherwise the victim will remain with the department, under protection.
Meanwhile, Alice said the child abuse hotline Talian Nur had received 98,365 calls, as of August 16, since its inception in December 2007.
"Of those, 26,365 were productive calls. Others were prank calls, or calls with insufficient information," she said.
Till May, there have been 623 cases of child abuses reported via Talian Nur.
Most calls come from those who require socio-economic aid, including single mothers and senior citizens, followed by cases on children - which included child abuse cases.
Alice urged the public to contact Talian Nur at 15999 should they have any information involving child abuse